Gena Mae Tolle, age 78, of Everson, passed away at her home Tuesday, May 12, 2020, surrounded by family.
She was born June 20, 1941, in Calico Rock, Arkansas, to Roy and Irene (Gifford) Crabtree. She moved to Washington State with her family when she was a young girl. She graduated from Nooksack Valley High School in 1961.
Gena married Walt Tolle on June 23, 1961, in Lynden and together they had three children: Marty (Rose), Greg (Heidi) and Pam (Michael). They also had six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and one new arrival soon.
Among Gena’s many talents, she was known to be an amazing baker. Her beautiful cakes were a part of countless weddings in the county. Gena was Everson’s mayor for seven years, a job she enjoyed and was proud of. Gena was a member of the Everson Lions Club and enjoyed traveling and camping with friends and family.
Gena was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Iren; two brothers, Tom and Roy Dean; and a sister, Correan Nims.
She is survived by her husband, Walt; their children and families; siblings Bob (Rose) Crabtree, Margaret (Randy Wright), Gene Nims and Louise (Larry Olsen).
Memorials are suggested to the Everson Lions Club, 6574 Lawrence Rd., Everson, WA 98247; or Whatcom Hospice, 2800 Douglas Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Gena online at www.sigsfuneralservices.com.